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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chicago Objects Study Initiative

Established in 2014 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Chicago Objects Study Initiative (COSI) is a tri-institutional collaboration aimed at enhancing object-based art historical training for doctoral students at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago. COSI is comprised of four interrelated parts, each supported by in-depth exposure to the rich encyclopedic collections of the museum and to the expertise of the museum’s professional staff: object-based coursework; curatorial fellowships; academic events, including visiting scholar workshops and symposia designed around the Art Institute’s permanent collection; and cohort-driven opportunities for exchange of ideas across a wider scholarly network, serving to bridge art historical research between the three institutions.

See what our colleagues at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago value about their COSI collaboration with the Art Institute.

Read about our new 2017–18 COSI Fellows.
Please learn more about our recent COSI programs.